Sheltered Instruction Techniques for ELLs by: Lisa Pray and Rebecca Monhardt

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The suggestions described here to adapt instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) are based on the concept of sheltered instruction, a model of language-support methods for instruction for ELLs derived primarily through the Sheltered Instruction Observational Protocol (SIOP) developed by Jana Echevarria, Mary Ellen Vogt, and Deborah Short (2007). While the SIOP model can address various levels of English language proficiency, students at the highest level of English language proficiency, students at the highest level of proficiency will understand the objectives better than those at the earliest stages of English acquisition.

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  • on Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:23 PM

I really liked this article, they did a good job with showing multiple strategies when working with ELL students. Initially I thought teaching science to ELL students it would be a serious challenge because science is often a difficult subject for some students but with these examples and strategies it doesn't seem that bad. The suggested assessment strategies seem really helpful to those soon to be teachers. For a future teacher, I plan to take all of what I learned into the classroom.

Morgan Bell
Morgan Bell

  • on Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:56 PM

Sheltered Instructional Observational Protocol (SIOP) is a popular strategy for designing lessons for ELLs. The authors do a nice job of introducing the strategy, providing examples of activities tied to a specific lesson on magnets, and discuss the steps to design a lesson and means of assessment through a rubric. I have had some instruction on SIOP but no one has even provided a subject matter rubric that addresses different levels of English proficiency - I wish I had seen this article sooner and I plan on including their suggested assessment strategies in the future as I modify lessons for my ELLs.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

  • on Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:46 PM

If you don’t know what sheltered instruction is than this is the article for you. This article describes the technique to use as well as some selected strategies and experiences for the student. The inserts such as the rubric provided and the sample to help students understand is also helpful to the teacher as well. This article would be a good introduction for a new teacher who needs to learn about sheltered instruction.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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